The greek gyros, is very much like the middle eastern shwarma or the turkish doner kebab. Marinated meat such as chicken or lamb is stacked on a vertical spit and rotated in front of an electric broiler. As the spit turns slowly, the meat is cooked till it is slightly crisp or browned. It is then thinly sliced and served on a pita bread.
Our final meal on the island of Naxos was a delicious gyros, bought from this little shop near the port.
It was early by Greek standards. 12pm for lunch? Unheard of. But we had to do it since our flight was at 3pm and we were running out of precious munching minutes.
“Chicken gyros with everything please.” Which meant, thin slices of juicy grilled chicken, sweet tomatoes, onions and tzatziki, finished with a light sprinkle of paprika. OH My.
The best part? Aside from devouring a most delicious chicken gyros, was that we were in the sun, by the clear waters, watching boats and ferries come and go…and this adorable little girl diligently feeding fish with a bagful of bread.
Ah…the island life. I’ll be missing you heaps.